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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

Just as Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) gained a new permanent superintendent last week, it was announced this week that the school district would be losing Alexandria City High School (ACHS) Principal Peter Balas.

Balas broke the news last night that he would be heading north to Arlington to become principal at Wakefield High School. It’s a major shakeup in ACPS: Balas had been principal at ACHS (formerly T.C. Williams High School) since 2017 and has been with ACPS for 22 years.

Balas said he won’t leave until June and will see the school year through until graduation.

The announcement was followed by an outpouring of support from the ACHS community on social media:

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The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Multiple arrests in Alexandria linked to Virginia DMV fake documents scam
  2. JUST IN: Alexandria City High School Principal Peter Balas announces move to Arlington
  3. Alexandria woman sentenced 41 months in prison for wire fraud
  4. Alexandria man arrested after shots fired, police chase on I-395
  5. JUST IN: Arrest made for 2022 West End murder
  6. JUST IN: Police responding to bank robbery at Wells Fargo in Arlandria
  7. Man allegedly robbed at gunpoint in Arlandria by woman he met on Instagram
  8. D.C. man charged in armed robbery spree, including one shooting in Alexandria
  9. Notes: Historical preservation group labels Del Ray neighborhood ‘endangered’
  10. ACPS unveils new two-year agreement with police department for school resource officers